Bulgarian Dimova wins "Eastern European Literature Award"
- BA-CA/UniCredit Group, KulturKontakt, and Wieser Verlag distribute first CEE literature award
- Second ex aequo are Romanian Lazarescu and Czech Zonová
Her novel "Maikite" (The Mothers) has earned Bulgarian Teodora Dimova the
Born in Sofia in 1960, award winner Teodora Dimova has already published a number of books and plays. She has received several national literature awards and ranks as one of Bulgaria's up-and-coming writers. Coming in second were (ex aequo) Romanian writer Florin Lazarescu with his story "Trimisul nostru special" ("Our Special Correspondent") along with Czech Anna Zonová and her novel "Za trest a za odménu" ("As Punishment and as Reward"). In 2007, these three works will be available in
"Being the largest banking group in Eastern Europe, UniCredit Group does not only engage in economic cooperation but also actively sponsor cultural exchange with CEE countries. With this first international Eastern European literature award, we present the regions’ literary talents to a wider audience. We are proud to thus contribute to the growing together of Europe," says Erich Hampel, Chairman of BA-CA's Managing Board and member of the Management Committee of
Ranked fourth to tenth, respectively, the international jury has chosen the following authors: Boris Dežulovic/Croatia, Mirza Fehimović/
By presenting the ten winning works and authors, the "Eastern European Literature Award" is the first initiative to offer a comprehensive summary of current literary activity in this region. "The aim behind this prize is to promote the works of Eastern European authors in the German-speaking world", says publisher and Eastern European literature specialist Lojze Wieser. "Thus, we intend to draw attention to the many literary voices of this region." Wieser publishers' book program is marked by a strong commitment to translating the texts of writers from Central and Eastern as well as Southeastern Europe. What's more, since 2002, its book series EditionZwei presents books by Eastern European authors both in German and their respective original language.
At the "Bulgaria Days in Vienna", which are organized by
Bank Austria Creditanstalt is Austria's largest bank and as a member of
Since its founding in 1987, Wieser Publishing House has focused on European literature and, above all, has specialized in Central and Eastern European authors. 250 of the 700 titles it has published so far are translations – chiefly from Eastern Europe. An additional 90 volumes have appeared in Slovenian. The 100 volumes of Wieser's "Europa erlesen" ("Reading Europe") series take readers on a journey to Europe's cities and regions. www.wieser-verlag.com
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